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Home Fix It Show

Saturdays, 9am-12pm

Dave Baker

Home Fix It Show with Dave Baker

Resident household repair and home improvement expert, Dave Baker provides tips and advice on planning, building and fixing up around the house.   He rounds out his "toolbox of knowledge" by inviting home repair experts to answer any and all home improvement questions. Listen to Dave Baker Saturday's at 9am - Noon on News 95.5 AM750 WSB. 

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  • You can learn from a lot of rain... 5Things all this rain we had this year can tell you about your house. It can tell you if your roof is leaking. Sounds obvious, but it can also tell you if you need a brand new roof or just a minor repair. It is easy to get a free roof analysis which will let you know of any issues with your roof be they major or minor. It can tell you if you have leaks in your foundation. It can also tell you how the water is getting in and what may or may not be wrong with your foundation, whether your landscaping needs to be re-done or if your French drains are clogged. It can tell you if you need new gutters. When it rains hard can your gutters handle all of the water or does water pour over the edges? Water pouring over the edges goes straight to your foundation (see above). Could be your gutters are too small to handle the flow. Could be your gutters are clogged with gunk, yes even if you have gutter covers. It can tell you that you will have mold issues. Mold thrives in wet, warm areas.Water inside a house, water inside your crawlspace, and water in your attic – these all fit the bill for mold. All this rain helps you track it down. It can tell you that you need new windows or your house painted. This is true especially if you have wood windows and haven’t painted your house in a while. Paint’s job is to protect wood and wood rots fastest on window frames and sills. Open a window and feel the wood on the sill outside. If it is soft and easy to pull apart your window needs help, and I am guessing your house needs painting.
  • Let’s get out ahead of this. It’s almost space heater time again... Q – It is not freezing but it can get cool in my home office during the day, especially the morning. I hate to crank the heat when a little bit would do so I use a space heater.  Anything I should know about my little warm buddy? I have had it for 10 years and aside from a funny smell when I first turn it on it works great. I keep good care of it and store it in a box in my crawlspace during the summer... Amanda in Kennesaw  A - Oh boy, here we go… First of all, we have just had a month of record warm weather, but I get where you are heading with this and it is sure to cool down soon. That means it's that time of year again, when we throw all common sense out the window and go with whatever seems to work to keep us warm without using our furnace. Let’s begin here. I wouldn't use a brand new space heater that smelled funny let alone one I drug out from my crawlspace, where who knows what has been using it for who knows what for who knows how long. Also – my personal rule of thumb: never use anything you have to clean mouse droppings off of. Here are some space heater pointers to help keep you warm and alive when it is chilly inside: - Only use space heating equipment that has the UL Mark. - Space heaters should be used to only heat spaces, not to dry clothes or heat food. - Keep a 3-foot zone around your space heater free of anything flammable. - Turn off your space heater when you leave the room or when you go to sleep for the night. - Make sure the wiring is sound on your heater and that the connections are tight. - When buying a new space heater look for one with an automatic shut-off feature and with heating element guards. I feel that this year – 2018 (which incidentally is the Year of the Space Heater) would be a perfect year to get a new little buddy. Or – and this is a big ‘OR’ – you may want to look into getting a mini-split system installed in your chilly office which I am guessing doubles as an overly warm office in the summer. It would heat and cool. Contact your favorite hvac company for details. To re-cap - treat your space heater like you would an open flame and you should be ok.
  • All this just to burn a biscuit... Q – Heard your show recently about getting a new kitchen but missed the beginning.  I think I want a new kitchen, or a kitchen re-do but not sure how to start. Can you guide me through the process?  Virginia in Dunwoody A – It’s a simple process really. Ask your husband for a new kitchen. Tell him you want it in white. Then stand back. Ha. If only it were that easy… The hardest part for you all occurs in the beginning. First you need to decide who to use to build your dream kitchen. Do this correctly and the rest is easy-peasy. Side note – it is my opinion that everything you have done to remodel your home should be done to make it your dream whatever. Your dream bedroom. Your dream backyard. Your dream living room. Whatever. Some dreams are small, some are accomplished in small steps, but I think you should do the most you can afford to enhance your situation. Use the tried and true methods for finding a good contractor. Get references. Look at their work. Make sure they have been around the block a few times. Check their insurance and workman’s comp. Get a quote. Use your gut feeling.  You need a company that has designers and architects on staff. It is nice if they have a showroom with a variety of choices. You will need to share your budget with your remodeler. This should not be a ‘low bid wins’ situation. Remember, there is hardly anything in the world that someone cannot make a little worse and sell a little cheaper, and the people who consider price alone are that person's lawful prey. Go see designers at their place of business (a showroom likely). Tell them what you have and everything you want. Let them doodle and make preliminary drawings according to what you want, not what they want, not what they think you want. Your dream kitchen, your dreams. If you don’t like the way things are going, you can always leave (that is why you are in their place. Easier for you to leave than to kick them out of your house). Start over if you have to. Remember if you aren’t happy with who you chose, you will not enjoy any of the remaining process. Also – it is important to have a great relationship with the remodeler. They are going to be in your kitchen for the next X amount of weeks (depending on the breadth of the work to do). Time flies when you are enjoying the process too. It can be miserable when you don’t. Now the easy part - selecting appliances and counter-tops and cabinets and drawers and pantries and wall colors and fixtures and handles and flooring and, whew….  Good luck…
  • Q – We had frozen pipes in our house last winter and don’t really care to go through that again. Anything we can do now, in October, to avoid that hassle again later? Jackson in Acworth A – Wow – good call. If you want to avoid frozen pipes in the future it is great to planning now. Once your pipes are frozen is a lousy time to think insulation and shutting off faucets so here are some things to do now. Today. Saturday at the latest… Water pipes in the crawlspace should be wrapped with foam insulation. Good news, this foam insulation can be found at most hardware stores and is very inexpensive. Better news – you can install it yourself with a measuring device and scissors. Best news – you can teach your kids how to do it so they can crawl around in your crawlspace. The crawlspace isn’t the only place to wrap the pipes. You may have your water heater in the garage – wrap those pipes too. If you have exposed spots in the crawlspace or attic that you know are vulnerable to freezing weather in the winter (i.e. maybe pipes have been frozen there before), wrap some heat tape around the pipes. Heat tape runs on electricity heating up the places that are wrapped.You need to purchase the tape at the hardware store (so you need to measure), and it is best to have a dedicated outlet to plug the tape into – your favorite electrician can help you with that (should be a GFCI outlet). The tape isn’t hot all the time. It runs off of its own thermostat. Great stuff! Remove the hoses and shut-off the outside faucets. You will hear to drain the hoses and not disconnect them, but go ahead and disconnect them. You will find the shut-off valve for the outside spigots near the spigots. Sometimes they are covered in a wall. If that is the case you need to make a work opening in the wall so you can get to the turn-off valves easier. Stay vigilant during cold weather. Drip your faucets, both hot and cold water side when temps are below freezing over a two/three day period, especially if the wind is howling. Leave the doors open under the sinks especially on outside walls to allow heat from the house to help keep them warm. Weather cold enough to freeze pipes rarely just sneaks up on us. Pay attention. Quick note – if you do find that your pipes are frozen and cracked shut off the water to your house, and call a plumber immediately. Yes they will all be busy, but get on the list. Do not try to thaw the frozen area. That may be all that is keeping water from leaking out of a crack. Good luck!
  • Handy DIY in under an hour… Ok, so you played golf all morning and your team doesn’t play until 3:30 so you figure maybe you would do a couple of jobs around the house so that, well, so that you would be able to play golf all morning and watch football in the afternoon again next week. Question is, what kind of DIY jobs can you get done in under a couple of hours that will impress your significant other so you can maintain your lifestyle. Here are 5. Do one or two a week and you should be in good graces. And – all will need is a wrench, maybe an extendable brush, perhaps a screwdriver (a real screwdriver, not the cocktail), and your favorite work shirt. One – service your own heating and air system. That’s right, you can service your own system in between the times when your hvac company comes out for their twice-a-year check-ups. Get a new filter, one for each system, then take the old one out and slide the new one in. Make sure you close the filter cover, don’t cut your finger on the sharp shards of metal in that area and you are good to go. While you are there you can add a quarter cup of bleach to the system where the pvc pipe makes an upside down ‘T’ and you will help keep your condensate drain clean. Problem – this takes approximately 3 minutes to do not including the time you take to get your filters. Take your time. Wrinkle your eyebrows at least once. Pretend to measure something to help fill out the time. Benefits – huge. New filters keep your system running more efficiently, longer and the clean drain keeps the condensation flowing out of the house. Two – install a new faucet. Kitchen, bathroom, utility room, I bet you are tired of looking at that same old faucet you’ve had since day 1. You will need a wrench for this. Turn off the water to that faucet. Use the wrench to loosen the old faucet and remove. Get a towel and wipe the water off your face that will hit you when you remove the old faucet. Put the new faucet in the same opening. Tighten the nuts. Turn on the water. Good to go! Problem – you might have to work on your back under your faucet for a moment or two so you will have to clear out storage under sink. You will also momentarily be confused laying on your back looking up at the bolts as to which way you turn to tighten. It’s the same way, you are just looking at it upside down so adapt. Benefits – beautiful new faucets in your kitchen or bath or utility room. Side benefit, since you will have had to move stuff from under your sink you will also be able to clean that part of your house up. This is huge extra credit. To honor the event, throw something away for a change. Your other will appreciate it. Three – change the hardware in your kitchen. You will need new hardware and a screwdriver. Find some matching hardware, not only matching itself but matching the kitchen as well and install it in on your drawers and cabinets. Unscrew the old hardware, remove, wipe down the cabinet face with a damp rag and perhaps a bit of liquid soap (not too much), and screw in the new hardware. Be careful not to screw them in too tight. Problem – your screw holes may have become too big or wallered out for your new screws. Won’t be all of them, but maybe a few have. While you are buying new hardware also buy some wooden matches. If you find a hole that is too large, or wallered out, break the head off of a match (and dispose of carefully) and insert the stick into the hole. Now your screw will be secure in the hole. Benefit – believe it or not your kitchen will look surprisingly new for the small amount of work you have done. This is a great, inexpensive improvement. Four – clean out your dryer duct. You will need a vacuum and possibly an extendable brush. Slide your dryer out away from the wall so you can work behind it (that can be a job in itself). Now vacuum out the dryer vent the best you can. It is possible your vent turns immediately behind the wall so do the best you can. Also go outside where the vent exhausts from your house and go at it from that direction. Use the extendable brush if you can. Also if you are on a crawl space you can possible get it from your crawlspace (depending on which floor your dryer is on). That is the best because you can probably get into the duct along the line and clean in both directions. Problem – people (not you, noooo, not you) but some people are grossed out by the gunk in their dryer vent. Generally, it is just cloth from your dryer, just washed cloth from your dryer, so there really isn’t anything to be grossed out by. Benefits – a clean dryer vent allows your dryer to work more efficiently, a lot more efficiently, reduces energy usage and helps prevent fires. Extra side benefit, when you move your dryer out away from the wall – that is where your big gunky mess is – you can clean that out. You’ll get more, big bonus points for doing that. For gags while you are there push the washer out a little and clean that too. Do that and you can play 36 holes next Saturday. Wanna go for the Grand Slam? Pull out your refrigerator and your stove and clean there too. You will be up for saint-hood. Five – spruce up your electrical. By electrical I don’t just mean stuff you plug in. I mean everything with a cord. You will need your eyeballs, colored tape, and perhaps another person. For starters have someone stand at your breaker box and start flipping breakers off. Have someone else make note of what went off when which breaker was flipped. Mark your breaker box accordingly. Nothing says loving like knowing that breaker number 8 goes to the guest bedroom. Your box being marked correctly and completely will save you time when you have electrical issues. Now go to each tv and computer and electrical strip and mark which cables and plugs come from what service and go to which input/output. You can do it by using color coded tape or use white tape and write on it. While you are there, neaten and bundle the cables and plugs so they aren’t strewn about on the floor. Problem – this can take some crawling around and could be confusing and frustrating as you attempt to trace cables from under the crawlspace, through the basement, up underneath the stairway into the back bedroom. Stick with it. It will come in handy as you up-grade and replace electronics in the future. Benefits – tons of benefits here, you get to make sure you know where every cable goes, you get your cables and plugs neatly arraigned and out of the way, you get to see how dusty it is underneath your desks and entertainment centers, the list goes on… There is a whole month’s worth of DIY lovin’ broken down into easiness.  Enjoy your golf and tv.

News

  • Pop singer Britney Spears will be returning to Las Vegas for a new residency next year, Variety reported. >> Read more trending news  Spears’ “Dominations” show will debut in February at the Park MGM. The show was announced on Ellen DeGeneres’ YouTube channel, Billboard reported. Tickets will go on sale Friday. In January, Spears ended a four-year run in Vegas at Planet Hollywood’s Axis Theater, Variety reported. She recently ended a European tour with Pitbull as her opening act. According to Pollstar, Spears grossed $2.38 million at Paris’ 15,000-capacity AccorHotels Arena on Aug 28 and 29.
  • Better bundle up, Georgia! Most of the state will feel some of the coldest temperatures Georgia has had in almost six months. Severe Weather Team 2 Meteorologist Brian Monahan said that parts of Georgia have seen temperature drops more than 20 degrees colder from Saturday morning. Back to 44 now after a low of 43 this morning in Atlanta -- the coldest since we dropped to 36 degrees on April 17th! @wsbtv pic.twitter.com/vbm4qLFO4Z — Brian Monahan, WSB (@BMonahanWSB) October 21, 2018 While it'll be a cold start, we'll see temperatures climb up into the 60s with lots of sunshine.  Severe Weather Team 2 be tracking how long the sunshine will stick around on Channel 2 Action News Sunday AM!
  • After seeing their ranks decimated in 2010 during a mid-term election backlash against the Obama health law, times have changed for Democrats in the 2018 elections for Congress, as polls show voters moving away from Republicans on the issue of health care, as Democrats “are now embracing it whole-heartedly” in the final days of the campaign. they In a report issued last week titled, “2018: The Health Care Election,” Wesleyan University’s media trackers found that health care “is most prominent in ads supporting Democrats, appearing in 54.5 percent” of their commercials. The Wesleyan Media Project said back in 2010 – in the big Tea Party wave election for the GOP – Democrats talked about health care in less than 9 percent of their advertisements. Year-over-year comparisons show that while Dems previously avoided the issue of health care after the Affordable Care Act was passed, they are now embracing it whole-heartedly https://t.co/B2tHGU6B6j @wesleyan_u pic.twitter.com/sG14qUo5jF — WesleyanMediaProject (@wesmediaproject) October 19, 2018 Recent polling also backs up the change of heart by Democrats, as polls consistently are showing more support for the Obama health law than a few years ago. Public support for what the GOP derides as “Obamacare” peaked during the unsuccessful effort by the Republican Congress in 2017-2018 to repeal and replace that law with a GOP sponsored plan. A new Fox News poll released on October 17 shows voters nationally give President Donald Trump a thumbs down on he’s handled health care, with 37 percent of voters approving, and 53 percent of voters disapproving. The divide is slightly larger, at 37-55, for ‘likely’ voters in the November mid-term elections. And of those who see health care as a big issue, they are definitely more drawn to candidates on the Democratic side. Obamacare favorability at an all-time high in FOX News poll. Can’t wait for the closing ads from Republicans: “And if those Democrats try to take away your Obamacare, I’ll fight to protect it like I’ve always done.” pic.twitter.com/pJaa7MVkHK — Nick Gourevitch (@nickgourevitch) October 18, 2018 But the President and other Republicans this past week have been expressing their support for protection those with pre-existing conditions, possibly feeling the election heat on the issue. “All Republicans support people with pre-existing conditions, and if they don’t, they will after I speak to them,” the President tweeted. “I am in total support.” Statements like that from the President – and a variety of GOP lawmakers have left Democrats in disbelief, as they accuse Republicans of completely changing their tune on health care in order to portray themselves as something that they are not. The hutzpah of the GOP on health care this election is stunning. I’m listening right now to NY Rep. John Faso on NPR claim he’s against ACA repeal. He voted FOR the repeal bill!!!! It ended insurance for 30m Americans! Does the think his constituents are so stupid they forgot? — Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) October 20, 2018 “President Trump and Republicans will do anything to undermine health care and pre-existing condition protections for patients and families across the country,” said Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA). “What. A. Bunch. Of. Lies,” tweeted House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi.  
  • The Latest on President Donald Trump's decision to pull the U.S. from an arms control agreement with Russia (all times local): 8:10 a.m. Britain's defense secretary says his country stands 'absolutely resolute' with the United States as President Donald Trump says he'll pull out from a landmark arms control agreement with Russia. Gavin Williamson blames Russia for endangering the treaty. He's calling on the Kremlin to 'get its house in order.' Trump says he'll exit the agreement because Russia has violated it 'for many years' and it's preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons. Backing Trump, Williamson tells the Financial Times that Moscow has made a 'mockery' of the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The 1987 pact prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 miles to 3,400 miles ___ 5 a.m. A top Russian diplomat says President Donald Trump's intention to withdraw from a landmark treaty on nuclear weapons is a perilous move. And a Russian senator says the U.S. move to leave the Intermediate Range Nuclear Forces treaty would undermine nuclear nonproliferation efforts. Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov was quoted as telling state news agency Tass that 'this would be a very dangerous step.' He says the move 'will cause the most serious condemnation from all members of the international community who are committed to security and stability.' Konstatin Kosachev is head of the foreign affairs committee in Russia's upper house of parliament. He says on Facebook that a U.S. withdrawal from the treaty would mean 'mankind is facing full chaos in the nuclear weapons sphere.' ___ 12:30 a.m. President Donald Trump says he will exit a landmark arms control agreement the United States signed with the former Soviet Union. He says Russia is violating the pact and it's preventing the U.S. from developing new weapons. The 1987 pact helps protect the security of the U.S. and its allies in Europe and the Far East. It prohibits the United States and Russia from possessing, producing or test-flying a ground-launched cruise missile with a range of 300 miles to 3,400 miles. Trump is saying that 'Russia has violated the agreement. They have been violating it for many years.' The agreement has constrained the U.S. from developing new weapons, but Trump said America will begin developing them unless Russia and China agree not to possess or develop the weapons.
  • The Florida Department of Children and Families has confirmed the death of a 5-year-old girl who was badly beaten in a Jacksonville home. >> Watch the news report here ActionNewsJax reported Friday that sources said the girl was on life support after an extreme case of abuse in a home at the Oak Tree Apartments. >> On ActionNewsJax.com: Child dies following incident at Oak Tree Apartments, DCF says The child’s grandmother told ActionNewsJax reporter Ryan Nelson that the child’s mother, Michelle Cannimore, is behind bars, and so is her current boyfriend, Jonte Harris. Cannimore is charged with child neglect and child abuse with intentional infliction of physical or mental injury. Harris is charged with aggravated battery on a child using a deadly weapon. Neighbors said they feared abuse may have been present in the home. They said they could hear screams coming from the home. “I told [detectives] the same thing I'm telling you,” said one neighbor. 'That I would hear that, and I was like, ‘What's going on?’” >> Read more news stories  ActionNewsJax obtained a statement from DCF Interim Secretary Rebecca Kapusta: “I am absolutely horrified and disgusted at the abuse this child endured in her short life. That anyone would hurt an innocent child is shameful and DCF will work closely with the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office to hold anyone responsible for her abuse fully accountable under the law. 'There are not sufficient words to describe the pain those who loved her are feeling right now, but the department will continue to ensure her sibling is in a safe home and that she receives the highest quality care as she recovers from this loss.” DCF also said the family has a history with the welfare system. “We’d try to go ask if she's alright,” said the neighbor. “She would just open the door for a second. She wouldn't open the door all the way.” Another woman, who asked that her identity be concealed for her protection, claimed that Cannimore’s personality seemed to change after she began dating Harris. “She will have her head down,” she said. “And that’s how she would be.” So far, no murder charges have been filed in the case. ActionNewsJax requested the arrest report from the Sheriff’s Office on Friday but has not yet received it.
  • The day after nobody won a $1 billion Mega Millions jackpot, the numbers were drawn for a relatively paltry Powerball prize of $470 million. But like Mega Millions, no one took home Powerball and the pot continues to rise. The winning numbers for Saturday's drawing were 16, 54, 57, 62, 69 with a Powerball of 23. With no one claiming the big prize, the Powerball drawing on Wednesday -- one day after a $1.6 billion Mega Millions drawing -- will be $620 million. The cash payout is approximately $354.3 million. The Powerball is the third-largest in the game's history and sixth-largest in U.S. lotto history. [ RELATED: No winner in Mega Millions; historic jackpot jumps to $1.6 billion] You can watch next Mega Millions drawing Tuesday and Powerball drawing Wednesday LIVE before Channel 2 Action News Nightbeat at 11 p.m. There were a number of runner-up prizes. There were $2 million winners in Florida and Tennessee, and $1 million winners in Arizona, Connecticut, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey and Washington. The first five balls were drawn from a pool of 69 and the Powerball from a pool of 26, making the odds of getting all six number correct 292,201,338 to 1, according to the Powerball website. [PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of the $1 billion Mega Millions drawing] A single winning ticket Saturday would have been eligible for a cash payout of $268.6 million. Combined with a new Mega Millions jackpot of $1.6 billion, there is more than $2 billion in top-prize money between the two lottery games — and millions more available for subordinate prizes. The Mega Millions top prize of $1.6 billion has a cash payout option of $904 million, but both can grow depending on the volume of ticket sales. [READ: Here's why no one has to know if you win the Mega Millions or Powerball jackpot]